Critical Linking: February 12th, 2013

Citing a reported figure that only 35% of fiction in the UK is bought through a physical bookshop, Barnsley commented: “They are under enormous pressure,” suggesting that asking customers to “pay for the privilege of browsing” was not an insane concept in the current environment. 

If your definition of insanity means “without sense,” then no, it is not technically insane. But that’s the best I can give ya.


Neruda died days after the 1973 military coup that ended the life of his close friend, socialist President Salvador Allende. With Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s forces killing prominent leftists, friends had a plane waiting to carry Neruda into exile. Neruda was hospitalized with cancer at the time, but friends have told The Associated Press that the official cause of extreme malnutrition makes no sense because Neruda weighed 220 pounds (100 kilograms).

Yea, I’m going to go ahead and say he was poisoned.



America’s current troika of literary truant officers – Michiko Kakutani at The New York Times, Ron Charles at The Washington Post, and Sam Sacks at The Wall Street Journal – have many duties.

I like when I can dismiss an article in the first sentence. If they are truant officers, it’s at a school with only imaginary students.

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